Lena Hendry is Programme Coordinator at Pusat KOMAS, a human rights organization that uses popular media to empower and educate communities. In September 2013, she was charged by the Malaysian government under the Film Censorship Act for screening a documentary, No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka. It’s the first time the law has been used against a human rights activist.
If convicted, she could face a fine of up to RM30,000 or 3 years imprisonment, or both. It will also send the message that the government can and will use this wide-ranging, arbitrary law to limit freedom of expression and information. The case is on-going.
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